Cher Attacks Betsy DeVos, over greater School Choices

 

As far as President Trump’s Cabinet picks go, the left seems to have settled on Betsy DeVos as the person whose derailment is most attainable, or perhaps, most important. At the end of the day, the Democratic Party is still the Democratic Party, and still beholden to teachers unions—an interest group that reflexively opposes even modest education reforms.

Democrats are pulling out all the stops. MSNBC host Joy Reid put Michael Moore on her show to explain that DeVos “helped to ruin public education in Michigan,” which is a lie. Sen. Cory Booker, a former ally of DeVos’s who sat with her on the board of the Alliance for School Choice, has announced that he will vote against her confirmation (now that he wants to run for president, he can’t risk alienating teachers unions, one presumes). And even liberal celebrities are anti-DeVos. Cher recently tweeted:

“Contact senator& congressman-woman .Call both &Say NO“Betsy Devos”.HER QUEST,2 DEFUND PUBLIC SCHOOLS.
UR CHILD DESERVES MORE.RT”

The contention that DeVos wants to defund public schools is as absurd as the contention that she poisoned the water in Flint, Michigan. (Embarrassingly, many liberals are indeed insisting that DeVos had something to do with Flint, which is ludicrous.) DeVos merely recognizes some of the flaws inherent to the public education system: it takes in a whole lot of cash, and produces a whole lot of kids who can’t read or do math well.

Cher is right that “UR CHILD DESERVES MORE.” But what is meant by the more in that sentence? Is it more of the same exact system—a system that doesn’t seem to improve, no matter how much money is thrown at it? Keep in mind that inflation-adjusted spending on education has doubled, while reading and math scores have stayed the same and high school graduation rates may have dipped.

Giving children more means giving them more choices. It means liberating them from the system as it exists currently—a system that requires kids to attend the public school in the zip code assigned to them at birth.

Not all public schools are bad; on the contrary, many public schools are great. But every kid is different, and what works for one family might not make sense for another. A certain zip code might have a school with a great college prep program that focuses on STEM education, but what about the kid who wants to study music? Why not let that kid take the per pupil funding allotted to him by the state and use it to pay for classes at an artsier institution?

When public schools are bad, the need for school choice reform is even more obvious. Give the money to the kids and let families decide what they should do with it. Competition for public dollars would incentivize public schools to improve their outputs—they wouldn’t be able to afford to hang on to ineffective teachers. Indeed, this is precisely what frightens teachers unions so much about school choice: it threatens their monopoly.

Whether DeVos will be able to use the education secretary gig to push for reforms remains to be seen. But the fact that she supports the existence of alternatives to traditional public schooling should be viewed as positive, not a liability.
Source – Robbie Soave

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11 Responses to Cher Attacks Betsy DeVos, over greater School Choices

  1. Tom9810

    Wish she would tone down political rants. Getting tired, yes understand she has an opinion, but these celebrities are getting so obnoxious with ramming views down everyones necks. By the way didn’t Cher send her kids off to a high end boarding school while she was straddling cannons wearing dental floss?

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    • Anthony

      She’s voicing her opinion, which she is entitled to do, just like you have above! She isn’t ramming her views down anyone’s neck.

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  2. Michey

    Don’t care about this shit! Where s the new song? The new album? Do we have to wait for 10 years AGAIN?!?!?!?!?!?

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    • Tom9810

      I hate to say it but Cher’s career is finished. She has lost respect of 50% of the population that voted for Trump. Doubt we will see any further success from her. By the look of her in these pics she is one surgery away from looking like the cat lady. It’s sad what a once great icon has come to…

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      • Anthony

        Her career isn’t finished at all! If she has lost respect off the people who voted Trump, then that’s their loss!

        If other people can’t separate someones political interests/views from the amazing 50 + years music career, then they will lose out.

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  3. OwenD

    BLAH….BLAH….BLAH!

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  4. Anthony

    You may not be interested in politics, but Cher is! That’s her right.

    Maybe you should be asking the admin why he only post political articles and not the ones regarding her music/acting career.

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  5. Michey

    Liar! Next song on gen you said! Liar!

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  6. Cherworld is a disgusting excuse of a fan site. I’m disgusted in your behavior as an admin, and I hope your site crashes.

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  7. Sofondayakoch

    I cannot believe her people let her out of the house looking like that. What happened to her lips? they look deformed. I know she is old but damn she looks haggard. Her rants and bitterness have made her ugly inside and out. Im scared looking at these pics. Like Angelic Houston in the Witches when she takes her mask and wig off.

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